[robotics-worldwide] Post-doc Position in underwater vision and robotics, LIRMM, France.
Laboratory: LIRMM (CNRS/University Montpellier 2), Montpellier, France
Department: Robotics Department
Duration: 8 months (from January 2012 to August 2012), possibly extended to 12
A postdoctoral research position is proposed in the Robotics Department of the
LIRMM, Laboratoire d’Informatique de Robotique et de Microélectronique de
Montpellier (CNRS/University Montpellier 2),
Montpellier, France in collaboration with TECNALIA.
TECNALIA is the first private research center in Spain and the fifth in Europe,
with 1445 people of high qualification. TECNALIA is organized around five
divisions. Each one is composed of distinct business units, 16 in total,
oriented to clients and specialized in sectors like energy, environment,
construction, metallurgy, transport, health, software, industrial systems or
telecommunication. The robotic departement of the Bussiness Unit Industrial
System launched a specific research line on submarine robotic so as to answer
growing needs from markets. A collaborative work has been initiated with LIRMM
to overcome technologic issues inherent in underwater work.
The Robotics Department of the LIRMM is organized in 5 project-teams: DEMAR,
DEXTER, ICAR, IDH and NERO, covering research in automatics, signal and image
processing, and mechanical design. These project-teams focus on problems
related to synthesizing, managing, and controlling complex dynamic systems
(manipulators, mobile robots, human-robot interfaces). They also work on
navigation, localization, and local-remote control of autonomous vehicles,
image analysis, coding, and processing, as well as virtual and augmented
The research will be focused on ship hull inspection by autonomous
underwater vehicles. A stereovision system will be used to estimate
distance, pose, and motion of the vehicle relative to the followed hull.
The research will investigate spatial matching and hull detection in
presence of complex visual artifacts (algae, shading patterns, floating
suspended particles). The research will also investigate temporal
matching taking into account inertial measurements and vehicle’s
dynamics. Real-time experiments will be carried out with a 6-dof
Remotely Operated Vehicle.
We are looking for candidates with image processing background applied
to robotics. Control skills would be appreciated.
How to apply:
Applicants for this position should hold a PhD in image processing.
Interested applicants should send a CV (with a brief research statement) and a
list of references (recommendation letters are also welcome) by email to